I was running the other day on a fairly wide sidewalk on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. A couple was ahead of me, taking up the entire sidewalk because each of them had a dog that was on a rather long leash, so there was no way to pass. I politely called, "Excuse me." They turned around, saw me, and moved over to let me pass.
As I ran ahead, the guy yelled, "You should run in the street."
Floored, I stopped. Was he serious? I actually stopped my watch and walked to him.
"You should run in the street." He said this cockily and I tried not to think, "F-ing hipster asshole."
"That's dangerous. I'm not going to run in the street." I tried to be civil as I said this.
"You should run in the street. It's rude to ask us to move over. Be respectful."
And then I lost it. "Respectful? Rude? The sidewalk is for everyone! You don't need the whole sidewalk. Share! You are obviously not from here or you would share." Hello, public space is for everyone! I began running away.
And then there were probably some curses.
But WTF?! The sidewalks are for everyone. I do sometimes run in the street when the sidewalks are too crowded, but I think this was a good spot where they could easily share.
And as I ran away, I noticed my Garmin registering some rather fast times. Oh well, a benefit of adrenalin.